Behavior: Crackup in Mental Care

The psychiatrist at California's Atascadero State Hospital did not think that Edmund Emil Kemper III, a 20-year-old giant who five years earlier had killed his grandparents, should return to society. Even so, a parole board eventually sent Kemper home to the comforts of life with his mother. Within three years of his release, the 6-ft. 9-in. youth had slaughtered and dismembered Mom, six coeds and a friend of the family. Last month Kemper was convicted on eight counts of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. Angry Californians were wondering why he was ever released in the first place.

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